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F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary
Psalms 6



Verses 1-10


Psalms 6:1-10

This is the first of the Penitential Psalms, the other six being Psalms 32:1-11; Psalms 38:1-22; Psalms 51:1-19; Psalms 102:1-28; Psalms 130:1-8; Psalms 143:1-12. The earliest verses are a wail, but the psalm ends in a song. It is like a day of rain which clears at evening. Sheminith is a musical term signifying “octave.”

The elements of the psalmist’s sorrow are given in Psalms 6:1-7. The pressure of God’s displeasure, soul-anguish, sickness, soul-depression, an enemy’s opposition-all these were ingredients in his cup of bitterness. How touching the plea-I am weak! How expressive the broken sentence, so often on Calvin’s lips-How long! And that prayer, O Lord, heal me, includes the mental as well as the physical.

The certainty of deliverance looms in sight in Psalms 6:8-10. The consciousness of having been heard steals over the soul as a glint of light in the hospital ward. The answer may not be at hand, but it is sure, 1 John 5:15. Weeping has a voice: God interprets sighs. The r.v. turns the imprecation of Psalms 6:10 into prediction. When God returns to us, because we return to Him, our enemies turn back.


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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Psalms 6:4". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". 1914.

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